|Why become a Shriner?
Three good reasons:
Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy. The Shriners are an organization that grew out of the Masons
over a century ago by men who wanted to take their fraternity to a new level. By stressing fun
and fellowship more than ritual, they hoped to create something special. They did, and when
they started to build hospitals that treat children with burns and joint problems, they formed
one of the greatest philanthropies ever.
By joining you can be a part of something that has helped thousands of people throughout
the years, and have fun doing it! Along with helping others and each other, Shriners value a
good time. The friendships built will always be with you, as will the knowledge of what you've
accomplished by being a Shriner. Just go to any Shriner parade and you'll see the good time
had by the Shriners and those who attend.
Parades aren't the only thing Shriners do together, though. Each Temple has various groups
and units within it, and there is something for everyone! There are even groups for the wives
and daughters of Shriners. There is always something there to help you grow as a person and
help the community around you.
You must be
a Master Mason in a Lodge recognized by or in amity with the
Conference of Grand Masters of North America before you can become a Shriner. The
third and final degree of Freemasonry can be completed at a Masonic Lodge, sometimes referred
to as a Blue Lodge. After attaining this, many Masons opt to become Shriners. To join, you
need only ask a member of the Masonic Lodge, or if you are already a Mason, ask a Shriner from
the local Temple. Then an interview will be set up so the process can begin, which includes
forms like those below. If you are having trouble finding the lodges or temples, this website
can help, or attendance of an event or parade will get you in touch with the Shriners.
If you wish to join please contact us via either of the following methods:
Contact The Medinah Membership Secretary
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